Yesterday we covered a few of the surprising number of cool, actually cool, cars to debut at the New York Auto Show. Here’s a few more, and some of them we didn’t expect to respect.
But not all of them. We knew we were getting the Mercedes Benz CLA AMG when we got the sad news that we wouldn’t see its hatchier, more attractive sister, the A45 AMG, stateside. We don’t get the cool body style, being stuck instead with the awkward sedan that seems to have sat too close to the fire (like that hiking boot you tried to dry out that one time). But we do get the turbocharged 2-liter with an insane 360 hp. That’s still tough to get over. This author’s Subaru WRX has a turbocharged 2-liter that makes 225 hp. It’s just crazy. Thankfully, that lightning is going to all four wheels, rather than just the front wheels of the off-the-shelf CLA.
More concepts, you say? Sure! This is the Hyundai HND-9 Concept, and while the suits in South Korea need a little work in the naming department, their design team is earning every penny. The long hood jets back to a steeply raked windshield, sliding to a sloped roof and a muscular shoulder. It’s very clean, very simple, and exceedingly hot. A pair of huge butterfly doors would undoubtedly produce hinge problems after several years, but they look amazing, and we all know they won’t make production.
We hope, however, that its diesel V6 will. It’s just a 3.3 liter, but it makes 370 hp- pretty impressive for an oil burner, and that’s even more than the Genesis Coupe, which we speculate the HND-9 would replace if it ever baked itself into production. Hopefully it would keep the Genesis’ manual, option, though, as the HND-9 is bound to an 8-speed automatic.
Unlike that Genesis Coupe, the outgoing Cadillac CTS is a thing of beauty. Coupe, wagon, sedan, we don’t care. But in the design game, you have to stay ahead of the…er…game. It was time for a refresh, so the Cadillac people went to work, wearing the Art and Science design language on their sleeves, but willing to entertain some new ideas. The 2014 CTS employs a few gentle curves, but keeps the muscular stance. It’s rather like the 2014 version of Sylvester Stallone, still a little over the top, very old-looking, but definitely very strong- nobody you’d want to mess with. Also, there are many, many LEDs up front, so maybe old Sly borrowed a pair of Elton John’s sunglasses.
But it can back everything up. Engine estimates call for a 3.6 liter V6, putting out 320 hp. You have to sell something, after all, to Enterprise’s luxury bracket. But for the more permanent owners, there will be a twin-turbocharged version of the same engine, good for 420 hp.
Of course, we still have a V, coming, too. We don’t have any details right now, but we hope Cadillac will try to outdo their previous V offerings of 550 hp. Will they bolt those turbos to a V8? Will they keep the current V’s stick? We’re currently founding an alternate universe in which the answer to both those questions is a definitive yes, but if you don’t care to cross through the portal we stapled together from a Game Boy, the 1972 microwave in our brake room, and a dumpster lid that was on its last legs anyway, you’ll just have to wait.
What do you think of the new CTS? How about the others? What was your favorite car at New York this year? Sound off in the comments.
Images courtesy Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Cadillac